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  • July 01, 2020 4:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dr. Sherri Ann Charleston,  UW-Madison

    Dr. Sherri Ann Charleston, UW–Madison assistant vice provost and chief affirmative action officer, accepted a new position as Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for Harvard University. Charleston oversaw many of UW's most groundbreaking and rigorous diversity and inclusion programs, including the First Wave Hip Hop and Urban Arts Learning Community, the Posse program, the Employee Disability Resources office and the Office of Strategic Diversity Research and Planning. 

    Wendy Crone,  UW-Madison

    Wendy Crone published her second book, Introduction to Engineering Research, with Morgan&Claypool publishers in June 2020. A guide to mastering the skills and tools for becoming a successful researcher, the book is written for undergraduate and first-year graduate students in engineering. This book helps ensure that new researchers are prepared to conduct, document, and share their research effectively while also safeguarding their health and wellbeing. 

    Eve Galanter, PBS Wisconsin

    Eve Galanter was elected to a three-year term on the PBS Wisconsin Board of Directors. Public television is one of Eve's longtime favorite organizations and she is looking forward to the challenges and opportunities ahead! 

    Barbara Hughes, Johnson Teigen, LLC

    Barbara S. Hughes retired after 34 years of client law practice in special needs, elder law, and estate planning and administration. She will continue to be active on some state and national Bar committees and will be available to Johnson Teigen's attorneys as a consultant. 

    Frances Huntley-Cooper, Madison College Board of Directors 

    Frances Huntley-Cooper was re-appointed to serve another three years on the Madison College Board and will remain board chair for 2020-2021

    Carol Johnson, Make-A-Wish Wisconsin 

    Carol Johnson became the Madison Regional Director of Make-A-Wish Wisconsin. She will oversee a seven-county area, including Dane, Columbia, Sauk, Iowa, Lafayette, Green and Rock Counties. Her responsibilities will include raising funds and awareness to help grant the more than 60 wishes currently in progress in the region. 

    Robin Stroebel, InteriorLOGIC, Inc. 

    Robin Stroebel was interviewed by the Independent Women’s Forum, a D.C.-based organization that develops economic and public policy of particular concern to women, as part of their "Chasing Work" series. Robin discusses her work advocating for a new bill in Wisconsin that modernizes the existing law--which was passed in 1996--to recognize the expertise of Wisconsin Registered Interior Designers (WRID) and allow them to prepare and submit their own code compliant documents for approval for construction.  

  • June 01, 2020 4:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    June 2020

    Christine Inthachith, Owner, Lao Laan-Xang

    Christine Inthachith was featured in the May issue of Capital City Hues: "Promoting Lao Cuisine and Culture: Christine Inthachith and Her Family's American Dream," .  The story follows her family's flight from Laos to a refugee camp in Thailand and a 3-month stay in the Philippines before coming to Madison as sponsored refugees in 1980.   

    Kathy Blumenfeld, Secretary, Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions 

    Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions Secretary Kathy Blumenfeld was interviewed by Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin Eye. Secretary Blumenfeld discussed her new role as chair of the Governor's Task Force on Student Debt and her agency's work to help Wisconsin residents in the wake of COVID-19. 

    Liz Henry, Henry Farms Prairie Spirits, LLC

    J. Henry & Sons bourbon was featured in a Madison Magazine article about the rising popularity of the spirit in both the U.S. and the Madison area. Since 1946, J. Henry & Sons has crafted fine bourbon on the family farm. It comes in three varieties — aged five years, cask strength, and cognac-barrel-finished.

  • June 01, 2020 1:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    TEMPO Madison is profoundly devastated and outraged at the racist murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery.  We join our community in mourning their loss and condemning the horrendous circumstances of their brutal and senseless deaths.  We also recognize that the violence directed toward these individuals is not a new phenomenon, but reflective of the systemic racism and aggression that exists in our country and our communities, despite our efforts to eradicate both.  Equity, diversity, and inclusion have always been core values of TEMPO Madison.  As influential women of diverse backgrounds, we each have our own different experiences with racism and violence.  The events of the last few days have made us painfully aware of the work that needs to be done so as to allow each of us and our families, friends, and colleagues to exist in a world that, as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., has said judges us, not by the color of our skin, but by the content of our character.   TEMPO Madison recognizes and appreciates the work that many of our members have done and will do in the coming months to help individuals cope after these traumatic events, to address racial injustice and violence, and to develop strategies to improve the world for all members of our community.  In the near future, TEMPO Madison, as an organization, will look for opportunities to participate in the discussions and actions necessary to help our community heal and to make real change.  If you are aware of a way for us to be of assistance or support, please reach out to the members of the TEMPO Madison Board of Directors. 


    The TEMPO Madison Executive Committee 

    Shana Lewis, President

    Leslie Petty, Vice President

    Elaine Rich, Treasurer

  • April 29, 2020 5:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    COVID-19 has negatively impacted our community in countless ways.  In addition to the stress on our health care system and our economy, the COVID-19 pandemic is creating an urgent food security challenge for households and communities across the country and in Dane County.  With school closures, job disruptions, and health risks, thousands of people in our community have turned to food banks for much-needed support. 

    As many Dane County residents stock up on weeks of provisions, food pantries, food banks and soup kitchens are figuring out how to get hungry people in our community the food they need quickly and safely.  Even before the pandemic, one in eleven households in Wisconsin were food insecure, meaning they didn’t have assured access to the food they needed due to limited resources.

    TEMPO Madison was founded to bring women of influence together to make a collective difference.  With this mission in mind, we want to do our part to make sure our most vulnerable community members continue to have reliable access to food. During the months of May and June 2020, we will be raising money through the TEMPO Madison Foundation to donate to The River Food Pantry COVID-19 Emergency Food Fund100% of funds raised will be given to River Food Pantry. 

    The River Pantry will use the funds we raise to provide:

    • Boxes of groceries, including perishable and non-perishable food, for hundreds of local households to pick up curbside at The River or for delivery to low income adults residing in Madison and Monona.
    • Pre-bagged lunches for children delivered through MUNCH—The River’s mobile lunch program—to 9 low-income neighborhoods 6 days a week.

    Please join me by making a donation to the TEMPO Madison Foundation on TEMPO Madison’s website during the months of May and June 2020, to raise funds for this campaign.  

    Donations can be made on our website or by Mail to FOOD PANTRY DONATION C/O TEMPO MADISON FOUNDATION 16 N. Carroll St. Suite 800, Madison, WI 53703. 

    To kick off this fundraising campaign, I have made a $1000 donation. I hope you will make a meaningful donation so we can make a difference for those in our community who need our help during this challenging time. 

    No one should go hungry, especially during the COVID-19 public health emergency.  Let’s do our part to help those in our community gain necessary access to food. 

    Thank you, 
    Shana Lewis, TEMPO Madison President 

  • April 22, 2020 7:17 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Due to the extension of Wisconsin's Safer at Home Order through May 26, 2020, the in-person May 12 luncheon at the Madison Club will not occur. However, TEMPO Madison's Board of Directors is committed to providing you with innovative and high-quality programming throughout this difficult time. 

    TEMPO Madison will present a virtual luncheon via Zoom on May 12, at noon. More information about the speaker and how to access the virtual luncheon by computer or phone will be included in our May Newsletter.    

    In an effort to support local restaurants, TEMPO Madison will provide everyone who registers for our virtual May luncheon with a $20 gift certificate from the Wisconsin Restaurant Association. 100% of the certificate value goes to the locally-owned establishment that you choose—it works just like cash. 

    In addition to our virtual luncheon, other TEMPO Madison groups are offering virtual events in May, including:

    • Networking Committee: May 7 Virtual Happy Hour via Zoom
    • NFL Book Club: May 21 via Zoom
    • More to come! 

    Ultimately, our goal is to ensure all TEMPO Madison members stay healthy and safe. Please watch our website and your email Inbox for updated information regarding future events and programming. Thank you for your patience and cooperation

  • March 31, 2020 10:06 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Due to the COVID 19 (Coronavirus), our May events are listed as tentative as of today: 
    • Tuesday, May 10 Luncheon with Jane Blain Gilbertson, CEO & President, Blain's Farm & Fleet 
    • Monday, May 4 Traveler Group at the Imperial Gardens
    • Saturday, May 9 Breakfast Club at the Middleton Hills Branch
    • Tuesday, May 19 Book Bag
    • Thursday, May 21 Happy Hour & NFL Book Club
    The following events will occur, a date has not been scheduled: 
    • Membership Orientation 
    • Leadership Series: Get On-board: Pathways to Corporate Board Leadership
    • Networking Event: Relax and unwind at KOSA Spa, located on the east side of Madison
  • March 31, 2020 9:58 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Different Types of Boards and Corresponding Liabilities 
    February 11, 2020

    Twenty-five participants came together to hear two experts in the field of board service. Kirsten Houghton, Principal at SVA, spoke to the group about the various kinds of boards, their similarities and differences. She also shared stories illustrating the types of situations that can arise while serving on a business board.

    Anne Ross, Partner at Foley & Lardner Law Firm, described the risks and rewards of serving on various business boards. She discussed some of the key questions to ask to ensure that the company has adequate Director and Officer (D&O) coverage, and shared insightful advice gleaned from her years of service on multiple boards.

    As a follow-up to comments received at the January workshop, Project REACH steering committee member, Kathy Blumenfeld shared Financial Intelligence, a good resource book to help develop additional financial acumen.

    The Business Board Search and Selection Process
    March 10, 2020

    Karl Alleman, US managing partner from Egon Zehnder, an executive search firm with clients world-wide, spoke to a group of approximately 26 TEMPO members about what businesses look for when seeking new board members and the processes typically used. He described the approach their firm and many businesses use when recruiting new board members and shared some interesting data re the competencies most in demand today. He also presented material on how to position oneself for first-time board service.

    Key points included; 1) The need to objectively assess your readiness and qualifications for business board service 2) Creating a Board Biography ( different from a resume) that tells the story about the potential value you would bring to a business board and why you want to serve, and 3) The importance of raising your profile in business circles and the community generally.

    Mr. Alleman also provided advice on how to prepare for interviewing for a board spot. Finally, he shared some valuable pointers on how to get off to a good start as a new director. There were many questions and comments and he graciously handled as many as time allowed.

  • March 31, 2020 9:53 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Connie Kilmark, Kilmark & Associates, LLC

    Way back in December, before the world turned upside down and inside out, I enjoyed an afternoon with Carol Koby recording an hour-long radio show. Carol, a TEMPO member, is a very experienced journalist/host and interviewed me with skill and real interest. My topic was “The Intersection of Money and Emotions”.

    The show aired on Feb. 22, 2020 and is archived on Carol’s website. Carol’s show is called All About Living and airs on HANK AM 1550 and 97.7 FM. Her many shows are archived on her website. I hope you listen to the show, and, if you know anyone who might benefit from my help, let them know that I offer a free 20-30 minute phone appointment free of charge to explore whether my skills and their issues match up.

    Kilmark & Associates, LLC 608 469-0207.

    Wash your hands and stay home!

    Listen to the Radio Show

    Robin Stroebel, InterionLOGIC

    Robin Stroebel and her team at InteriorLOGIC were awarded a Design Excellence Award by the American Society of Interior Designers in March for the design of the interior environments of Blackhawk Church in Fitchburg, WI.

    The 40,000 square foot project was completed in December. The building includes a theater for 650 people, pre-K and nursery rooms, education and training rooms, offices, a teen room, and a venue for 100 for smaller events. The building features stone from the original farm silo formerly on site, a large fireplace in the main atrium, a feature tree from Whole Trees in the education area, and large monitors and smart technology throughout.

  • March 31, 2020 9:52 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dane County COVID-19 Emergency and Recovery Fund
    Give to the Dane County COVID-19 Emergency and Recovery Fund to support those affected by COVID-19. 100% of the fund will be invested back into the community – United Way will not collect administrative support through this effort.

    United Way of Dane County (to distribute to nonprofits who apply for funding for COVID-19 relief)

  • March 27, 2020 11:35 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    And the people stayed home.  And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still.  And listened more deeply.  Some meditated, some prayed, some danced.  Some met their shadows.  And the people began to think differently.

    And the people healed.  And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.

    And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.

    This is a poem written by Kitty O’Meara, a retired teacher, who lives in our community, to help her process the anxiety she felt as she watched the COVID-19 pandemic unfold.  Her poem went viral causing Oprah Winfrey’s Magazine to label her the poet laureate of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    I want to thank all of our TEMPO Madison members who are helping our community deal with this pandemic.  From the health care professionals, to the caretakers, to the scientists, to the educators, to the non-profit leaders, to the government officials, to the community leaders, to the small business owners, to the large business executives, to the artists, to the parents, and to all of us who stayed home in order to help flatten the curve, I appreciate everything our TEMPO Madison members have done and sacrificed for our community.  I also know that you will all be there when we have the opportunity to rebuild and heal.

    I am disappointed that we will not be together for the April luncheon.  I had planned to take time during my remarks to announce our new Executive Administrator, Erin Fabrizius of Blumenfeld and Associates LLC.  Erin started working with TEMPO Madison on April 1, 2020.  She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she received a B.A. in Political Science and Journalism with distinction.

    Erin has extensive organizational experience that includes planning legislative advocacy days, press conferences, association meetings and summits.  In addition to her work at Blumenfeld & Associates, she currently serves on the Board of Directors for NewBridge Madison, which provides services to older adults living in the greater Madison area.  We look forward to introducing you to Erin.  We are confident that, with Erin’s assistance, support and leadership, TEMPO Madison will be able to continue to offer exceptional programming, interesting events, quality service, and exciting initiatives for our members.

    Just a reminder that we will not see you for the April luncheon or any previously announced events in April.  We are working to reschedule the New Member Orientation and the Leadership Series Breakfast.  As soon as we have new dates to share, we will do so. In the interim, please take care of yourself and your families.

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